Vinny Argiro

The bird is the word

There is no greater asset to the offshore fisherman than the frigate bird. These amazing birds are extremely light for their size and even more agile. They can dog fight a tern right out of the sky and steal his dinner before it hits the water. I must admit...

Temperamental Tarpon

The trick to reelin’ ‘em in is experience We have all marveled at the giant schools of tarpon in Key West Harbor. From April through June, the tarpon migration is in full swing. Seemingly countless numbers of fish can be seen rolling like a group of chrome-colored synchronized swimmers. I...

The ‘Trash Can’ Slam

Other less popular fish species are abundant, fighters Most avid anglers have heard of or actually achieved a "Grand Slam." In Key West this would consist of a billfish, a mahi and either a tuna or wahoo all caught on the same day. Oh, the awesome photos that have been...

#Fish: Fish patch reefs in cold weather

As I am writing this, another cold front is bearing down on the Florida Keys. Every fall and winter season arrives on the rails of the cold front freight train. Repeated fronts will continue to bring drastic weather variances throughout the winter and finally subside with the arrival of...

#Fish: Pay attention to wind patterns before spearing

Thanksgiving is almost here and, boy, do I have a lot to be thankful for. The last few weeks have brought varying weather and conditions and the fish have been on the move. And, by varying weather, I mean cold fronts. As these cold fronts push down from the north they...

#Fish: No fish fights like a tuna

There are many opinions among fisherman as to the best "eating fish" and which is the fastest fish or smartest fish but when asked which is the strongest fish everyone gives the same answer, tuna. I look forward to this season every year. The Keys is host to a phenomenal...

#Column: Try trolling at night

You've heard a friend say at some point, "Hey watch this, I'm gonna try something." Generally what happens next usually requires stiches. But on that rare occasion, an amazing feat is discovered or achieved. Well, this week I had a similar experience. I had a group of fellas from...

#Fish: Live bait works the best

The summer season is drifting away and the tourists are gathering for their yearly migration south to the Florida Keys for winter. For charter boat captains this can mean only one thing: It's time to drag the live wells out of the shed and start getting ready for another...

#Fishing: Get great results with kingfish to snappers

As a kid, I can remember watching my father use a "diamond jig" to catch bluefish and stripers off of Eatons Neck Light in Northport, N.Y. I always thought it looked like an awful lot of work but, man, was it effective. I find myself in the same shoes...

It’s sailfish season in the Keys – The pelagics are out if you can handle the rough water

Of all questions asked by my charters, I would say the three most common would be "How long have you been in Key West?”, "What is the biggest fish you ever caught?", and "When is the best time to fish in Key West?". My answer to those are as...